HEARING HELD ON PARVIZ AZIMOV’S LAWSUIT

June 18th, 2009
Today, 18 June, under the chairmanship Judge Azer Samadov in the Lankaran District Court a hearing was held on student/journalist Parviz Azimov's lawsuit to declare illegal his expulsion from Lankeran State University.

Plaintiff Parviz Azimov, Azimov’s lawyer Media Rights Institute employee Yashar Agazade, and defendant’s authoritative representative Ruslan Hamidov participated in the hearing. A court monitor for the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety also traveled to Lankeran to observe the hearing.
Judge A. Samadov asked if talk between the two sides outside of court yielded any results. Plaintiff Azimov said that their countless attempts to meet with LSU Rector to be restored to the university have not resulted in anything.   
 
“Defendant’s representative R.Hamidov told me that I could be restored to the university if I publish a refutation,” Azimov told the court.
Defendant’s representative R.Hamidov addressed a written objection to the judge regarding the lawsuit. It is noted in the objection that P.Azimov was expelled because he was involved in an psychical altercation at the university and violated internal discipline rules.  However, IRFS has learned from the Media Rights Institute that there’s a sentence in the appeal that the defense sent to the Judge which says, “Parviz Azimov thought he would remain unpunished for his articles.”
 
Judge Samadov has scheduled the next hearing for 22 June at 10:00 a.m.      
 
LSU claims that Parviz Azimov violated internal discipline rules to expel him (Beating of his fellow student); however Azimov alleges that he was expelled because of his article “Open Bazaar in Closed Rooms,” which was published in “Janub Khabarlari” Newspaper on 10 February 2009.